What do Lectors do?

A Lector has three basic responsibilities that are performed at weekday and Sunday Masses:

  • To proclaim readings from Scripture, except the Gospel, to the congregation.
  • In the absence of a psalmist or cantor, to read the psalm and response between readings.
  • To announce the intentions for the General Intercessions (prayer).

What is required to become part of this ministry?

A Lector must have:

  • A love of Scripture.
  • A voice that is pleasing to the ear and can project to the back of the worship space.
  • A willingness to carefully prepare prior to an assignment so that the words and intent of the readings are clear and understandable to the congregation.
  • The ability to read slowly and with feeling.
  • Being able to arrive at Mass 15-20 minutes early.
  • A Lector is responsible for finding a replacement if he/she cannot attend their assigned Mass.

What is the time commitment?

  • Preparation time for an assigned Mass should begin a week ahead of time.  Each day during the week the lector is asked to review the reading, practicing it so that when proclaimed the reader is very familiar with the content. A workbook is given to each Lector to help with preparation.
  • Lectors are assigned to the Mass that they normally attend.  A Lector is assigned to read based on the size of the Lector pool for each Mass.  A Lector may be assigned to  read as frequently as once every two weeks or as infrequently as once every two months.
  • Lectors for regular weekday Masses come forward on an ‘as needed’ basis.
  • Lectors do not normally meet as a group, though spiritual enrichment events may occur from time to time.

Barbara Gallagher  (use the form below)